I.S. 285 Meyer Levin

Grades: 6-8
5909 Beverly Road
Brooklyn NY 11203
Phone: 718-451-2200

Our Insights

What’s Special

Performing arts

The Downside

Far from nearest subway

A zoned neighborhood school with a performing arts program that admits children from across Brooklyn, IS 285 gives children the chance to perform in a steel drum orchestra, learn about set design and lighting, or put on elaborate musical theater productions. Students may audition for drama, dance, steel pan, band and chorus.

One year, students trained for six weeks at the Big Apple Circus to prepare for the musical theater production Barnum. Other productions include Hello, Dolly!, The Wiz, My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls, 42nd Street, and The Tap Dance Kid, according to the annual Arts in the Schools report.

Also known as the Meyer Levin School for the Performing Arts, IS 285 serves a range of students. “Astral” classes are for academically strong students, who may take Regents-level classes in 8th grade. English as a New Language is offered to students who speak Italian, Arabic, Haitian-Creole, or Spanish at home. The school also has a range of special education services, according to the Comprehensive Educational Plan.

The school is in East Flatbush, more than a mile from nearest subway. Many students arrive with weak skills, and test scores are below average for the city. However, the school also admits some students who score "level 4," the highest level, on state tests.

Admissions: Zoned school, also open to students who live in Brooklyn. In recent years the school has had room for everyone who applies. (Clara Hemphill, web reports, April 2019)

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School Stats

Citywide Average Key
This school is Better Near Worse than the citywide average

Is this school safe and well-run?

From the 2020-21 NYC School Survey

How many students say they feel safe in the hallways, bathrooms and locker rooms?
88%
89% Citywide Average
How many students think bullying happens most or all of the time at this school?
33%
27% Citywide Average
How many teachers say the principal is an effective manager?
78%
88% Citywide Average

From the 2019-20 NY State Report Card

How many students were suspended?
0%
2% Citywide Average

From this school's most recent Quality Review Report

Are teachers effective?

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many teachers have 3 or more years of experience teaching?
92%
80% Citywide Average
Years of principal experience at this school
1.2

How do students perform academically?

From the 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
28%
40% Citywide Average
How many middle school students scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
40%
44% Citywide Average

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

How many 8th-graders earn high school credit?
99%
34% Citywide Average

Who does this school serve?

From the 2021-22 Demographic Snapshot

Enrollment
588
Asian
1%
Black
91%
Hispanic
5%
White
1%
Other
2%
Free or reduced priced lunch
83%
Students with disabilities
25%
English language learners
4%

From the 2020-21 School Quality Guide

Average daily attendance
87%
92% Citywide Average
How many students miss 18 or more days of school?
43%
26% Citywide Average

From the 2020 School Directories

Uniforms required?
No

How does this school serve special populations?

From the 2019 State ELA+Math Results Summary

How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
11%
14% Citywide Average
How many students with disabilities scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
13%
15% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state math exam?
24%
14% Citywide Average
How many English language learners scored 3-4 on the state reading exam?
11%
6% Citywide Average


For more information about our data sources, see About Our Data · More DOE statistics for this school

Contact & Location

Location

Flatbush (District 18)
Buses: B17, B35, B46, B47, B7, B8

Contact

Principal
Jamie Hendrickson
Parent Coordinator
Donna Phillips

Other Details

Shared campus?
No
This school is in its own building.
Uniforms required?
No
Metal detectors?
No

Zone for the 2019-2020 school year. Call school to confirm.

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